Integrating gardening, nutrition, & 4-H positive youth development : an overview
Gardening has long been a popular 4-H project among youth and families and is increasingly integrated into schools as part of class time and after school clubs. Research is growing in support of the many positive impacts of gardening on youth nutrition. However, simply exposing youth to gardening by itself may not translate to desired outcomes like improved vegetable intake; it’s important to be thoughtful and targeted in gardening program delivery and to work with youth in hands-on activities to grow skills in gardening and food preparation. Considerations when building strong youth gardening programs include delineating adult and youth leadership roles, designing the site, and integrating nutrition and other life skills.